VIDEO: First Wingsuit Flight Over The Nazca Lines

Cedric Dumont and Jhonathon Florez see a world wonder from high in the sky.
By Josh Sampiero

High above the desert plains of southern Peru, Red Bull athlete Cedric Dumont and wingsuit pilot Jhonathan Florez were flying like birds. They would achieve speeds of more than 190 km/h and be in flight for over two minutes, but for once, the air wasn't on their mind - it was what they could see on the ground.

 

Cedric Dumont and Jhonathan Florez prepare their performance at the Nazca Lines in Nazca, Peru on May 4th, 2013
Flightplan © Balasz Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool

 "Flying over these giant figures was a unique experience," said experienced BASE jumper Cedric Dumont. “I've always been fascinated by the stories and legends about the Nazca Lines. This is the first time someone flew over the lines wearing only a wingsuit. It's a great continuation of the flying man legends that exist about the Nazca culture.”

Cedric Dumont and Jhonathan Florez relax before their performance over the Nazca lines in Nazca, Peru, on May 6th, 2013.
Ready for take-off © Enrique Castro Mendivil/Red Bull Content Pool

 The highly-recongized UNESCO World Heritage site, dating back to around 1500 years ago, has long been the subject of discussion and study. As the geoglyphs are much too large to see or even comprehend from the ground, speculation and legend exists about the peoples of Nazca and their capability to fly.

Cedric Dumont and Jhonathan Florez analyze their route over the Nazca lines in Nazca, Peru on May 4th, 2013
View from the air © Camilo Rozo/Red Bull Content Pool

 Some anthropologists and historians find it impossible to believe that they drew such perfect and huge geoglyphs for their gods to ask them for rain without having any aerial view of their work. Thus, the legends about balloons made of cotton and coal, giant kites and even men with feathers. The other theory on how the geoglyphs got there? Aliens. (Yes, we're serious.)

Cedric Dumont and Jhonathan Florez Chill out before performing at the Nazca lines in Nazca, Peru on May 5th, 2013
Happy ending © Camilo Rozo/Red Bull Content Pool

 Whether or not the ancient Nazca could fly, there is no question that Dumont and Florez can, and did. See the video above for the most unique view ever presented of one of the world's most curious and mysterious wonders.

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